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Illinois
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Beverly Hills High SchoolHorace Mann School
Beverly Hills High School
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Unity Church
163
Female
Horace Lawrence White
Tess Curtis White
$45 Million as of Jan 17,2017
Capricorn
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
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Who is Betty White?

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Betty White is an American, actress, author, animal rights activist and comedienne. She was also a producer, a television personality and an animal rights activist. She was one of the pioneer American women who played a role both behind and in front of a camera during the early days of television shows in the country. She received the honorary title of ‘Mayor of Hollywood’ for producing a sitcom as she was the first ever female to do so. She has received a large number of awards for her performances in sitcoms, game shows and television shows based on comedy. She became famous for her role in game shows and was dubbed as the ‘First Lady of Game Shows”. Her career as singer, actor, host, and producer was spread over a period of more than 75 years making her the longest serving female personality in the world of entertainment. Her interest in acting developed during her school days though she started out to be a writer. From reading commercials on the radio channels, she went on to become an important entertainment personality in America.

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Betty White Childhood & Early Life

Betty White was born as Betty Marion White on January 12, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. She was the only child of her mother Christine Tess and father Horace Logan White, an executive in a lighting company.

She studied at the Horace Mann School, Beverly Hills, and the Beverly Hills High School.

Betty White Career

Betty White joined the radio for reading commercials and playing small parts in plays after being rejected by movie companies.

Three months after graduation in 1939, she made her debut appearance on television by singing songs from the opera called ‘The Merry Widow’.

In 1940, she acted in plays ‘The Great Gildersleeve’, ‘Blondie’ and ‘This is Your FBI’ and started her own radio program called ‘The Betty White Show’.

In 1949, she co-hosted the daily live show ‘Hollywood on Television’ with Al Jarvis and continued for four years.

All through the 1950s she went on performing in TV commercials which included advertisements like ‘Dr. Ross Dog Food’ and others.

She founded her production company ‘Bandy Productions’ in 1952 and created the comedy production ‘Life with Elizabeth’ in which she played the lead role.

The show ‘Life with Elizabeth’ was syndicated from 1952 to 1955 which gave twenty-eight year old White full control on both sides of the camera.

In 1954, she produced and briefly hosted the daily talk show ‘The Betty White Show’ on NBC. In 1970s, she produced a sitcom of the same name.

Starting from 1955 up to 1975 she was a commentator on the ‘Tournament of Roses Parade’ show with co-host Lorne Greene.

From 1957 to 1958, she played the role of Vicki Angel in the sitcom ‘Date with the Angels’.

She appeared on the big screen for the first time in 1962 in the lead role in the feature film drama ‘Advise & Consent’.

In 1963, she was co-host of the game show ‘Password’ with Allen Ludden whom she married later.

She made a guest appearance on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ in 1973 in the role of Sue Ann Nivens.

In 1985, she appeared in her biggest hit show ‘The Golden Girls’.

In 1999, she appeared in a supportive role in the monster film ‘Lake Placid’.

Her other films were ‘Hard Rain’, ‘Dennis the Menace Strikes Again’ and ‘Bringing Down the House’ which premiered during the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

In 2004, she appeared as a guest star in ‘The Practice’, in ‘Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner’ in 2006 and ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ in 2008.

She starred in ‘TV Land Awards’ in 2007 and appeared in ‘Boston Legal’ from 2005 to 2008.

She appeared in ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Her instincts as an animal lover became evident in the show ‘PetMeds’ in 2007.

She acted in the film ‘The Proposal’ in 2009 and provided the background voice in a film named ‘Ponyo’.

She played a part in the TV show ‘Hot Cleveland’ and appeared as a guest in ‘Community’ in 2010.

She appeared in the ‘Visit California’ promotional in 2011 and recorded a remix of her original song ‘I’m Still Hot’.

She lent her voice to a ‘Mickey Mouse’ character in 2013 and made a guest appearance in ‘Soul Man’ in 2014. She was host of ‘Betty White’s Off their Rockers’ from 2012 to 2014.

Betty White Awards & Achievements

She was awarded the Regional (LA) Emmy award (1952) as an outstanding female personality.

She received Emmy Awards (1975, 1976, 1983, 1986, 1996 and 2010) as an outstanding supporting actress.

She was the recipient of American Comedy Awards in 1987, 1990 and 2000 as the funniest female performer in a TV series.

She received the ‘Viewers For Quality Television Award’ in 1987 and 1988 as the best actress in a comedy series.

Betty White Personal Life & Legacy

She has been married thrice. In 1945, she married Dick Barker, a U.S. armed forces pilot but the marriage was short-lived. Thereafter, she married Lane Allen, a Hollywood agent but this marriage too ended in divorce in 1949.

In 1963, she got married to TV host and personality Allen Ludden and the two remained together till his death in 1981.

Betty White Primetime Emmy Awards

Betty White Grammy Awards

Betty White People's Choice Awards

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Betty White awards

  • Primetime Emmy Awards

    • 2010
      Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
      Saturday Night Live (1975)
    • 1996
      Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
      The John Larroquette Show (1993)
    • 1986
      Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
      The Golden Girls (1985)
    • 1976
      Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
      Mary Tyler Moore (1970)
    • 1975
      Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
      Mary Tyler Moore (1970)
  • Grammy Awards

    • 2012
      Best Spoken Word Album
      Winner
  • People's Choice Awards

    • 2015
      Favorite TV Icon
      Winner
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Betty White biography timelines

  • Betty White was born as Betty Marion White on January 12, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. She was the only child of her mother Christine Tess and father Horace Logan White, an executive in a lighting company.
    12th Jan 1922
  • Three months after graduation in 1939, she made her debut appearance on television by singing songs from the opera called ‘The Merry Widow’.
    1939
  • In 1940, she acted in plays ‘The Great Gildersleeve’, ‘Blondie’ and ‘This is Your FBI’ and started her own radio program called ‘The Betty White Show’.
    1940
  • She has been married thrice. In 1945, she married Dick Barker, a U.S. armed forces pilot but the marriage was short-lived. Thereafter, she married Lane Allen, a Hollywood agent but this marriage too ended in divorce in 1949.
    1945 To 1949
  • In 1949, she co-hosted the daily live show ‘Hollywood on Television’ with Al Jarvis and continued for four years.
    1949
  • She founded her production company ‘Bandy Productions’ in 1952 and created the comedy production ‘Life with Elizabeth’ in which she played the lead role.
    1952
  • The show ‘Life with Elizabeth’ was syndicated from 1952 to 1955 which gave twenty-eight year old White full control on both sides of the camera.
    1952 To 1955
  • She was awarded the Regional (LA) Emmy award (1952) as an outstanding female personality.
    1952
  • In 1954, she produced and briefly hosted the daily talk show ‘The Betty White Show’ on NBC. In 1970s, she produced a sitcom of the same name.
    1954
  • Starting from 1955 up to 1975 she was a commentator on the ‘Tournament of Roses Parade’ show with co-host Lorne Greene.
    1955 To 1975
  • From 1957 to 1958, she played the role of Vicki Angel in the sitcom ‘Date with the Angels’.
    1957 To 1958
  • She appeared on the big screen for the first time in 1962 in the lead role in the feature film drama ‘Advise & Consent’.
    1962
  • In 1963, she was co-host of the game show ‘Password’ with Allen Ludden whom she married later.
    1963
  • In 1963, she got married to TV host and personality Allen Ludden and the two remained together till his death in 1981.
    1963 To 1981
  • She made a guest appearance on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ in 1973 in the role of Sue Ann Nivens.
    1973
  • She received Emmy Awards (1975, 1976, 1983, 1986, 1996 and 2010) as an outstanding supporting actress.
    1975 To 2010
  • In 1985, she appeared in her biggest hit show ‘The Golden Girls’.
    1985
  • She was the recipient of American Comedy Awards in 1987, 1990 and 2000 as the funniest female performer in a TV series.
    1987 To 2000
  • She received the ‘Viewers For Quality Television Award’ in 1987 and 1988 as the best actress in a comedy series.
    1987 To 1988
  • In 1999, she appeared in a supportive role in the monster film ‘Lake Placid’.
    1999
  • Her instincts as an animal lover became evident in the show ‘PetMeds’ in 2007.
    2007
  • She acted in the film ‘The Proposal’ in 2009 and provided the background voice in a film named ‘Ponyo’.
    2009
  • She played a part in the TV show ‘Hot Cleveland’ and appeared as a guest in ‘Community’ in 2010.
    2010
  • She appeared in the ‘Visit California’ promotional in 2011 and recorded a remix of her original song ‘I’m Still Hot’.
    2011
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Frequently asked questions about Betty White

  • What is Betty White birthday?

    Betty White was born at January 17, 1922

  • Where is Betty White's birth place?

    Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.

  • What is Betty White nationalities?

    Betty White's nationalities is American

  • What is Betty White ideologies?

    Betty White's ideologies is Democrats

  • Who is Betty White spouses?

    Betty White's spouses is Allen Ludden

  • What was Betty White universities?

    Betty White studied at Beverly Hills High School, Horace Mann School university

  • What was Betty White notable alumnis?

    Betty White's notable alumnis is Beverly Hills High School

  • What is Betty White's religion?

    Betty White's religion is Unity Church

  • How tall is Betty White?

    Betty White's height is 163

  • Who is Betty White's father?

    Betty White's father is Horace Lawrence White

  • Who is Betty White's mother?

    Betty White's mother is Tess Curtis White

  • What is Betty White's sun sign?

    Betty White is Capricorn